Enchanted April to Dawn in Barrymore; Cast Finalized

News   Enchanted April to Dawn in Barrymore; Cast Finalized Enchanted April, the Matthew Barber play long promised for Broadway in spring 2003, has found its theatre. It will open at the Ethel Barrymore on April 29. Previews begin April 4.

The cast, now complete, includes Jayne Atkinson, Molly Ringwald, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Cumpsty, Patricia Connoly, Dagmara Dominczyk, Daniel Gerroll and Michael Hayden.

Atkinson will play Lotty, the mousy, cloistered English housewife who, with Ringwald's quirky Rose, another bored wife, embarks on a bold excursion to Tuscany which transforms their dreary existences. Ashley is Mrs. Graves, the prideful matron who joins them.

Jeffrey Richards, Richard Gross, Ellen Berman, Irv Welzer and Fred Vogel produce.

Atkinson was recently seen in Our Town, which closed on Broadway on Jan. 26. Cumpsty's last Broadway credit was 42nd Street.

Ringwald is a busy stage performer lately. She has lately played two praised engagements in Broadway's Cabaret. Before that, she did a stint in Off-Broadway's tick, tick...BOOM! Ashley is known for her lauded turns in Tennessee Williams (she was Tony-nominated for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof). Recently, she was on Broadway in The Best Man.

The adaptation of Elizabeth von Arnim's 1921 novel began previews at Hartford Stage way back on Feb. 24, 2000. The book was made into a popular 1991 film starring Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina, Josie Lawrence and Polly Walker. The novel had been previously filmed in 1935.

Starring in the Hartford show were Enid Graham, a Tony nominee for Honour, Christopher Duva (MTC's An Experiment with an Air Pump), Christopher Donahue, John Hines, Isabel Keating, Stephanie March, Irma St. Paule and Jill Tanner.

At one point, the romantic comedy hoped to transfer to a Broadway house as early as April 2000. Michael Wilson, Hartford artistic director, is still set to helm the production.